The MHA for Humber West Vaughn Granter paid an emotional tribute to his late wife Eileen Gibbons in the House of Assembly on Tuesday.

"I learned much from Eileen over the last 26 years, but little did I know the lesson she would teach me over the past six months. She confirmed to me that she was the most selfless person I've ever known. The medical staff told me that she cared more for their well being than she did her own health," Granter said during a speech no Tuesday.

"Taken much too early, she will be remembered for her unwavering sense of humour, her beautiful smile, and selflessness. To my butterfly, I love you always."

Gibbons, a teacher in Corner Brook, died on April 29 at the age of 53.